Fort Collins Police Department Becomes First to Bring Vitals™ App to Colorado

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The Fort Collins Police Department announced today that its officers will begin using the Vitals™ app in the coming weeks – becoming the first public safety agency in Colorado to use the advanced technology.

This also marks the launch of a first-of-its-kind partnership between UCHealth and the Fort Collins Police Department providing the Vitals app to all UCHealth officers and co-responders.

The Vitals app allows a vulnerable person or caregiver to download an app and voluntarily provide real-time critical information about medical conditions, visible and invisible intellectual and developmental conditions or disabilities, memory loss and mental health problems. Personalized account profiles often include hints and de-escalation techniques, behavior triggers, current medications, and more.

“We are excited to bring the Vitals app to Fort Collins and the State of Colorado. We believe this powerful technology will help our agents and co-responders initiate less stressful and more successful interactions in our community,” said said Fort Collins Police Chief Jeff Swoboda “As we navigate the complex intersection of public safety and mental health, I am confident that the Fort Collins Police Department and our partners will continue to work together and innovate to meet the needs of our community.The Vitals program is one of the many ways we work to ensure safety and service for all.

UCHealth officials learned early in the process that the Fort Collins Police Department wanted to use the Vitals app. The region’s largest healthcare organization immediately saw the value of technology and decided to partner to bring Vitals to Fort Collins.

“We have so many patients who can benefit from the Vitals app. We think it’s a fantastic resource for co-responders working alongside law enforcement. It’s a great way for professionals in the public health and mental health to partner with public safety to help keep residents safe,” said Stephanie Booco, co-responsor program supervisor for UCHealth.

Lea Anne Paskvalich, Executive Director of the Autism Society of Colorado, said she hopes resources like the Vitals app will foster a cultural shift in community policing. She praised Fort Collins and UCHealth for their proactive mindset in bringing Vitals to Colorado. “I know we have constituents who will benefit from this service. This app will give people with autism and their families more peace of mind and a tangible way to protect themselves,” Paskvalich added.

David Monroe, Managing Director of The Larimer County Bowsaid that after hearing about the Vitals app and the positive impact it has had in other states and municipalities, he was thrilled to see it added to the available resources. [both by our community members living with I/DD and their families] and by the Fort Collins Police Department when interacting with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our community.

“We hope it will prove to be a useful tool that will have a fundamental impact on the nature of the interactions that take place in our community between people with IDD and law enforcement professionals,” Monroe added.

The Vitals™ app speaks clearly when vulnerable people can’t. The power of the Vitals™ app was on full display when Katelyn Kasel, a Minnesota resident with a cognitive disability, found herself in a potentially dangerous situation one evening while driving home from work. Discover Katelyn’s story here. The first responders on site had access to critical information about Katelyn in real time, which dramatically changed the whole interaction.

“I commend Chief Swoboda and his team for being the first public safety agency in Colorado to begin using the Vitals app. Colorado has long been considered a national leader in law enforcement reform. bringing our vital technology to Fort Collins continues this forward-thinking trend,” said Janeé Harteau, President and CEO of Vitals™ Aware Services.

The Vitals™ app, considered the first real-time digital medical ID, is available for download from Apple and Google Play stores. check it out here.

Vitals™ is proud to partner with the following organizations: Autism Society of Colorado, The Autism Society of Minnesota, Arc Minnesota, PACER Center and NAMI Sacramento.

Learn more about Vitals by clicking www.thevitalsapp.com. To consult the Frequently Asked Questions, click on here.

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